This will only point out the obstacles that I encountered. Below are links that started my research and eventually successful install of the Cyanogenmod build 4.4 or Kit Kat.
First stop DroidCheats YouTube channel, which is an excellent resource in such matters. However, I followed his excellent step by step instructions but did not pay attention to the file versions that I was using, my first mistake.
This mistake resulted in further errors with the Android soft keyboard and thus the inability to type text into the tablet.
My second mistake involved tracking down the pop up dialog message, "Unfortunately Android AOSP keyboard has stopped." But, don't bother following any of the instructions that you may encounter, which was my last and final mistake.
Lesson learned: A successful install of Cyanogenmod build 4.4* starts with pairing up the right files.
Here are the files that I used and why.
That's it. Save yourself from panic and move slowly and purposefully.